Orthoptists diagnose and treat disorders of the eye, relating to impaired vision and eye movement.
Orthoptist jobs may include:
- measuring and assessing visual acuity and prescribe glasses when required
- monitoring and assisting treatment of eye disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration
- measuring and selecting intraocular lenses for cataract surgery
- detecting and managing eye movement disorders, and their sensory consequences
- conducting diagnostic and imaging techniques to determine the effects and progression of eye disease
- developing strategies for patients with neurological disorders
- developing rehabilitation for impaired vision to maximise an patient's remaining vision
- reporting on eye defects for practitioners and therapists, and to relevant authorities, such as transport authorities
- providing information to patients, families and the community about eye conditions and their effects
- conducting vision screening tests and promote preventative eye health care
Orthoptists may specialise in:
- opththalmic eye care providing treatment of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and cataracts
- neuro-opththamology providing treatment of neurologically-based eye disorders
- eye movement disorders and paediatric eye conditions
- vision rehabilitation maximising sight in individuals with low vision
- education or research
Orthoptists work with ophthalmologists, medical practitioners and other health professionals.
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